Parents and Families

Welcome
Western
Families!

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We're glad you're here!

Parents and family members are important partners in supporting student success at Western Washington University. New Student Services/Family Outreach (NSSFO) provides programs and services to help strengthen students and families' connection to Western, including a monthly newsletter, family orientation programs, and an annual family weekend event in the fall. Explore the resources on this page to learn more about our campus community and stay involved in your student's experience at Western!

New Families

Visit our Welcome New Families page for tips about navigating orientation, more information about the many campus resources and services available to your student, as well as some helpful strategies on how you can support your student to best access and utilize them.  

Welcome New Families

Viking Resource Hub

Visit our curated directory to find campus resources and services, organized by function instead of department/service name.  

Viking Resource Hub

Upcoming Holidays and Breaks

Winter 2022

  • Mon, Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day
  • Mon, Feb 21: Presidents Day
  • Sat, Mar 19 - Mon, Mar 28: Spring Break

Spring 2022

  • Mon, May 30: Memorial Day
  • Sat, Jun 11 - Mon, Jun 20: Summer Break

Fall 2022

  • Thu, Nov 24 - Sun, Nov 27: Thanksgiving Break (Wed, Nov 23 - University open, no classes)
  • Sat, Dec 10 - Tue, Jan 3: Winter Break

Stay Connected

Explore ways for parents and families to stay connected to the Western community below:

Light blue circular graphic with a top view of a coffee cup with a heart pattern in the foam. The graphic contains the program name: Coffee, Tea & Family with NSSFO Family Outreach Office Hours below

Coffee, Tea and Family

Family Outreach Office Hours are available to parents/families of new and current students.

New Student Services/Family Outreach has virtual office hours available for families each week in Zoom. Sign up for Coffee, Tea and Family, a 30-minute one-on-one appointment with NSSFO's Family Outreach Manager to ask questions, learn about campus support services and resources, and about available tools and opportunities to keep you connected with Western.

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Counseling and Wellness Center

Curious about Western’s approach to wellness? Make sure to watch the video featuring Dr. Sislena Ledbetter, associate vice president, WWU Counseling, Health and Wellness, as she describes the full spectrum of care available to students through the Student Health Center and Counseling Center/Prevention and Wellness services.

The following additional family resources are also available to help you support your student with their continued growth and social/emotional development:

Referring Your Student Transition Tips Resources for Families

Find out more about available health and wellness services and Western’s commitment to helping students with learning the importance of self-care and how to practice good mind/body health on the Counseling, Health, Wellness Services website.

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Getting to and from WWU

Explore regional transportation options for more information about getting to and from Bellingham and WWU. 

Visiting your student? Explore the Accommodations page for information about Bellingham hotels, some of which offer WWU discounts. 

Financial Resources

Additional Resources